[DEADLINE EXTENDED] CfP: 2013 ICS PhD Conference

Alon Lischinsky alischinsky at gmail.com
Tue Mar 19 08:10:20 UTC 2013

(with apologies for cross-posting)

Call for Papers - Deadline EXTENDED

The Organizing Committee has extended the deadline for the call for
papers for the 2013 ICS PhD Conference to be held at the University of
Leeds, 10 June 2013.

The new deadline for paper submission is Monday, 1 April 2013.


Apologies for cross-posting


The 7th Annual PhD Conference
The Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds


10 June 2013, Leeds

Keynote speakers:

Professor Colin Sparks (Hong Kong Baptist University/University of Westminster)
Professor Kate Oakley (University of Leeds)

The recent financial crisis that caused the collapse of large
financial institutions, the bailout of banks by national governments,
and the struggle of national and trans-national governments in
tackling the crisis, has signalled the need for fundamental changes in
economic and political systems.

In this conference we hope to interrogate the various aspects of the
crisis. These aspects span beyond economic considerations to broader
issues related to socio-political systems, media and cultural
production. Almost all fields are affected by the crisis and forced to
change. The changes in these fields are interdependent and will have
important implications for our future. With this aim in mind we invite
submissions which could address any of the following questions or
investigate related issues:

1.      Politics
-       How is the crisis changing the way leaders appeal to audiences?
-       How has the crisis influenced political agendas?
-       How have governments been dealing with the communication of the crisis?
-       Has the crisis brought about new forms of political action?
-       Is the economic crisis encouraging citizen participation?
-       Is it still possible for the public sphere to influence
national government in times of transnational crisis?
-       Has the crisis in anyway influenced the legitimacy of
transnational institutions?

2.      Media and Journalism
-       How has the media represented the crisis?
-       What are the challenges for communicating the crisis?
-       Have journalistic practices changed due to the influence of the crisis?
-       How have the economic crisis and budget cuts influenced media
-       Have new media changed the way news is produced and
distributed during crisis?
-       Will the media play a different role in society after the crisis?
-       Has new media been shrinking or expanding disparity between
the North and the South during the crisis?

3.      Culture
-       Cultural labour and value creation: what impact has the crisis
had on the dynamic between creative autonomy and market imperatives?
-       Are the creative industries more resilient to the impact of
the economic crisis than traditional manufacturing industries?
-       What might the implications be of public subsidy cuts for
culture and the cultural labour market?
-       What roles can the cultural and creative industries play in
promoting job creation and economic growth?
-       Could the cultural industries play a real and significant role
in the development and adoption of new socioeconomic models?
-       Where does the culture industry debate lie today: what have
been the effects of the commodification of culture?
-       What is art’s relationship to social change? Is there
legitimate faith in the autonomy of art as bound to the promise of a
better world to come?
-       What might be the outcomes of the economic crisis for European culture?

Please email 250-300 word abstract, with any institutional affiliation
and brief biography, to the following email address by 1 April, 2013
(earlier submissions welcome):
ics-pg-conference at leeds.ac.

This call for papers is also available online:

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